When Trey McIntyre, the Midwest-born artistic director of the Trey McIntyre Project, speaks about his choreographic philosophy, he sounds more like a visual artist than a dancer — and thinking in those terms perfectly frames his company's upcoming dance concert at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard). But before you draw forth images of Renoir or Degas, instead picture a folk-art rendition of a Day of the Dead/New Orleans funeral, all with McIntyre's classical ballet training flickering throughout. Intrigued? McIntyre's Ma Maison, which brings the vibrant sounds of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to macabre life, will be featured at this weekend's performances (at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2), as will other works, all of which make it easier to remember that dance is an art form, one that can morph and evolve and present all kinds of visual relevance — along with some funky, jazzy sounds (at least in the case of Ma Maison). Tickets to the concerts cost $20 to $35; call 314-534-1111 or visit www.metrotix.com to make a purchase.
Fri., April 1; Sat., April 2, 2011